Vanishing act (Lake George)

Lake George or Weereewa, by it’s Aboriginal name, is a mysterious lake!

When full it’s a wide, pancake of a lake only a metre deep on average.

But in low rainfall, it evaporates to lie as grassy sheep paddocks for many years. Fences stretch off to the muddy middle, parted only by a gently flowing creek.

It’s an on again, off again lake!

Snow storm over Lake George, New South Wales, Australia - Aug 2008

Who pulled the plug?

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It’s a local thing that everyone reminisces about “when Lake George was full”. For me that was the late 80s, before the hugging Sydney to Canberra highway was duplicated.

The waters lapped at the road bank. You could fish from near the roadside rest stops.

Then drier years followed.

Lake George struggled to get much more than the creek and muddy smears for a decade or so.

The constant rains of 2010, and then flooding in 2011, saw the windswept waters partly come back…And just as quickly vanish!

But now after our record wet winter, we have a water wonderland again! Wavelets cover the grassy paddocks. Pelicans and other water birds have returned.

Lake George from Marked Tree Rd, via Collector, NSW, Australia

Wonderful Weereewa!

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It’s not too hard to picture the lakeside resort that was once planned? Or the paddle-steamers that partied on the lake over a century ago!

So it seems, for the time being, the poor farmer has lost his paddocks!  ♦


 

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Our TOP 10 ‘Hidden Treasure’ day trips (Part 1)

Canberra region

One of our favourite things to do is to pour over maps on the lounge room floor looking for a road we haven’t been on and which can be conquered on a weekend day trip.

Our old map with our routes marked - NRMA Canberra & SE NSW Touring Map 2 (1999-2001)

Beloved old map with our routes marked in black

Over twenty years of country lane cruising, dirt bashing and map meandering in the country around the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) we have been some places!  So with not-so-flexi knees now we’ll get down on the rug to scan our beloved map and pick out the best of the ‘hidden’ day trips we’ve enjoyed.

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